Dienstag, 29. Januar 2008

Slipover finished!

Just a quick note: I have finished Bryant's Slipover from Interweave. It had hibernated since summer and I picked it up again this month as I am very avidly destashing and de-Ufo-ing. It is a bit big round the waist but I do have a very tiny waist and I can control it with the I cord. The Interweave model has a very androgynous shape and for a more womanly figure I would do it one size smaller next time (even though I have already done the smallest size given). The yarn is ggh Scarlett which was great to knit. I have to say I love all ggh yarns so far. They have a great texture.

More destahing: I started the Prosperous Plum Tank and I have two skeins of Cascade Sierra. I hope this will be enough!

Sonntag, 27. Januar 2008

Another Sunday

I can't belive how fast this week went by! It's Sunday again and it feels like two days back to last Sunday. I had a fairly uneventful week and caught up on my sleeping. I have I friend who always calls me after 10 p.m. and I don't get him off the phone for an hour or so. Which means that I don't get enough sleep. I need about 7 to 8 hours a night and if I don't get it I am really cranky. So I decided not to answer my phone after 10 p.m. and the quality of my life has got so much better!!! I feel more rested and relaxed. Furthermore, this was a good weekend as I didn't stay at home and worked all the time but went to dinner with two of my colleagues on Friday night and yesterday I went dancing with my girls. It was soooo good! What wasn't so good, however, was that I met cute guy, which was so unnecessary. It was just my luck - there were about 500 people there and who did I met at the bar? Of course, him. That's Murphy's Law, I guess.

I am on the second sleeve of my tailored cardi and I am so relieved - I have enough yarn!! I really like the fit of this and for once the sleeves are long enough for me. (Usually I have to add 1 or 2 inches, seems like I have longer arms than other people).
The picture doesn't do the yarn justice - I will try and do a better one in daylight. I just didn't want to have a pictureless entry.

Sonntag, 20. Januar 2008

Already Sunday??

Work is eating me up. We are close to midterm and I have to have all the grades of my pupils done by the end of next week. So no big and fast knitting there. However, this morning, I made these two dishcloths for my swap. A great design and I can use up my stash (these are made of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece)! This is especially good as I gave myself the promise not to buy yarn in the near future!

I signed up for Secret of the Stole 2 and I have already finished hint 1 from Friday. So now I have to wait the whole week :-( I use recycled yarn from a crocheted dress that was just hideous and bulky.

I am currently also on the arms of my tailored cardigan and I am afraid that I don't have enough yarn. And I can't buy more as it is approximately 10 years old and the company where we got it from doesn't exist anymore. Well, we just have to see how it will work out.

Donnerstag, 17. Januar 2008

Discloth swap

1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both?
I do both
2. What types of needles do you enjoy using for making dishcloths?
I really like bamboo needles
3. What types of cotton do you enjoy using for making dishcloths? Is there any that you've been wanting to try?
I don't have any favourites
4. What color(s) are your kitchen and bath decorated in (if any)?
The kitchen is yellow and brown and my bathroom is mainly white
5. What are your favorite colors for yarns? Least favorite?
I love all kinds of pink and I don't like red
6. Do you like Winter, or do you count the days until it ends?
I really count the days - I love summer!
7. What's your favorite way to brighten your day when you're down in the dumps?
Knitting, reading a book, phoning my friends, take a bath (in that order)
8. What is your favorite treat to indulge in and when your down in the dumps?
9. Do you drink coffee? Tea? Cocoa?
mainly coffee but I like the others as well
10. If you could take a vacation starting tomorrow and go anywhere for one week and money were no object, where would you go and what would you do?
I would go to the USA and visit someone special
11. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should be aware of?

Montag, 14. Januar 2008

New frontiers and old methods

New year - new frontiers! On Sunday I made my first felted bag:

This picture was taken still in the drying stage. The pattern is Sophie and it is an easy an quick knit. I used Cascade 220 for it. I think I will put a crocheted flower on one side as an ornament. At first I was a bit afraid of felting but it is so easy!!! I think I will do another one of these bags in another colour.

I got some Asford yarn dye on ebay (only the primary colours yellow, blue, red) and this is the first hank I dyed with it. It is not perfect but pretty well done for a first attempt I daresay!

Another mindless knitting project. Simple stockinette socks in Wollbutt's "Venezia":

And a new cardigan! This is from the Drops website (Tailored Cardigan) and I use some recycled yarn from the 1990s I got from my Mum:

Montag, 7. Januar 2008

Too True...

What Stephanie Means

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are influential and persuasive. You tend to have a lot of power over people.
Generally, you use your powers for good. You excel at solving other people's problems.
Occasionally, you do get a little selfish and persuade people to do things that are only in your interest.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

Samstag, 5. Januar 2008

2008 has started..

I had two weeks off, and look what I accomplished! (Besides sleeping a lot and grading two sets of class papers):

First, Mystery Stole. My third attempt and I really, really, really like it. It's a great design!

I finally finished this sweater made after a free pattern from Berroco "Anja". A simple turtleneck pullover, because I think the yarn speaks for itself. I am going to wear it on the first day back to school.

Halcyon from Knitty. I just have to find some ribbon for the ends to weave in. The yarn is from Woolbearers courtsy of my SP 11 pal Robin.

Yesterday evening I made this. It's Cabled and it's great! I wore it all day today, even though I didn't leave my flat. I don't have a photo of me wearing it because I seem to be too stupid to take a photo of my head with the hat on it. I used Cascade 220 and added a few cable repeats to fit it on my head. The button is rather antique, I think from the 50s or so (courtesy of my Grandma).

I also did the Snowdrop Shawl by the Harlot and I will show it to you when dyed and blocked.